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PC Briefs: AMD, Apple

PC Briefs: AMD, Apple

AMD bumps Opteron clock speed

AMD has introduced three higher-performing Opteron server processors and announced the chips now support a fast memory standard. The Opteron 148, 248, and 848 all run at 2.2GHz, a 200MHz increase over the clock speed of AMD’s x46 line of Opterons, an Opteron product manager, Gina Longoria, said. The Opteron 248 is available immediately, while the other two chips would ship in December, she said. The Opteron 148 costs $US733, while the Opteron 248 is worth $US913, Longoria said. The Opteron 848 commanded a much higher price of $US3199, she said. All prices reflect the cost of the chip when purchased in quantities of 1000 units. The 100 series is designed for one-way servers and workstations, the 200 series for two-way servers, and the 800 series for up to eight-way servers.

Apple unveils 20 inch iMac

Apple has released the latest iteration of its iMac, which boasts a 20-inch widescreen LCD display. It rounds out the range of iMacs which include the 15-inch Combo Drive and 17-inch SuperDrive models. The new iMac features a 1680x1050 resolution, two FireWire 400 and three high-speed USB 2.0 ports. It also supports 54Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking and has the option of built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. Like the 17-inch model, the new iMac has a PowerPC G4 processor running at 1.25 GHz, along with GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB of DDR video memory. All iMac models include 256MB of fast 333 MHz DDR SDRAM and an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard disk drive running at 7200 rpm. The Australian Apple online store is selling the 20-inch iMac for $3898.


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